Since August, 18 community information sessions have occurred and been overseen by Project Liaison Officer Kris Croft. The sessions have been invaluable in hearing the community's thoughts, concerns, feedback and ideas for the Armidale Future School.
As you may be aware, information arising from the focus groups has been used to update the FAQs section on our website, so that people who have not been able to come along to sessions, can find out more. We encourage you to review the FAQs on the website if you haven't yet had a chance to do so. Please visit www.armidalefutureschool.com.au/Questions
Working Groups (WG)
Following the community information sessions the establishment of Working Groups has begun, to progress special interest areas.
The Uniform Working Group has been formed and comprises representatives from primary and secondary school P&C Associations. Some of the activity currently underway by the Uniform WG includes:
- Conducting focus groups with students;
- Liaising with local suppliers;
- Determining the interim uniform for Year 7 in 2018.
Aboriginal Education WG
The Aboriginal Education WG includes interested community members and school staff. The group is working on a variety of items in preparation for 2018 and beyond, including cultural awareness programs, class structures and programs, personalised learning plans and determining the utilisation of Aboriginal Equity funds.
Disability Support Working Groups
The Disability Support WG has been created and members met with NBRS architects on the Duval site to discuss the needs of the Special Needs unit during the transition. The group will continue to distil their requirements back to the architects and the PRG.
If you are a member of a Working Group, please keep abreast of upcoming meeting dates and times listed in the calendar section of the website www.armidalefutureschool.com.au
Parents and Citizens (P&C) Groups
Our local P&C groups are central to the community consultation process and Armidale High School (AHS) and Duval High School (DHS) P&C Groups have joined as one. As a result, a new constitution and single committee will be established early in Term One 2018.
The P&C groups have been engaged by Kris Croft with the opportunity to provide feedback to the new school planning process.They have been invited to join the PRG and Working Groups as they are being established.
Student Transition Events
Two evening BBQs and school tours of DHS took place for interested parents and students from AHS early in Term Four.
Many parents took the opportunity to view the first half of the documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed", a US documentary about modern student-directed learning. The documentary provides insight into the modern learning methodologies, some of which will influence the formation of the new Armidale Future School.
The final part of the documentary will be aired early in Term 1 2018. Keep an eye on the website calendar for dates and venues.
In Term Four, all Year 7-10 AHS students have had an additional opportunity to tour the Duval campus with their peers and Year Adviser. This is an important event as it commenced the familiarisation process for AHS students in preparation for the temporary move in 2019.
Our students are at the heart of our community. They will continue to be sought for their thoughts about the new school and their insights will be the basis for many decisions that are made:
- Student Focus Groups are underway to discuss a range of subject matter including the school merger and the uniform;
- Feedback has also been gathered from AHS and DHS students in relation to the new school and the transition process;
- Student leaders from all years in both schools met with the staff to discuss the Positive Behaviour for Learning program for 2018. The staff were very impressed with the mature and insightful input provided by the students. This will be used to inform and develop the PBL focus for next year.
- We will continue to ensure student voices are heard in the planning process going into 2018.